Security goodness for Internet Explorer, Office, and even the no-longer-anathema-to-Borepatch Internet Explorer 8. Even Windows 7 gets to come to the party; never mind that it doesn't ship until next week. I think that may be a record of sorts.*
Microsoft is preparing its biggest ever Patch Tuesday update for next week.
The bumper batch of 13 bulletins collectively address 34 security flaws across a wide spectrum of Microsoft products. Eight of the baker's dozen bulletins earn the dread classification of critical, Microsoft's highest severity rating.
And it's this week now. So if you run Windows, you'll want to download them now.
* The first security patch for Windows 7 is released before Windows 7. That's not surprising, because Windows 7 has been ready to ship for months. Microsoft deserves some credit for taking security seriously here, and there's a good chance that new Windows 7 computers will automatically check for the update and download it. So well done, Microsoft.
UPDATE 13 October 2009 13:39: Just to clarify, all Windows versions have the update, not just Windows 7.